Archive for July 2014

Got a Lawyer Already? Your Insurance Carrier May Have Other Ideas

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) has become popular among businesses in recent years, with good reason, but at least one vital feature to check in any such policy is whether you have the right to use your current lawyer in defending any claim. EPLI policies cover employment claims brought by current or former employees for…

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Maryland’s Top Court Upholds and Explains Parental Waivers

As many businesses shift their seasonal focus to summer activities and services, it is helpful to know whether and to what extent the ubiquitous waivers signed by parents on behalf of their minor children, usually as a condition to participation, are enforceable. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently clarified the state of the law in…

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Attorneys’ Fee-Shifting Clauses, Gladly Entered Into, May Come Back to Cost You

Fee-shifting clauses, enabling the prevailing party in a contract dispute to push its legal bills onto the other party, are subject to wide-ranging interpretation by courts. This provision, though popular, deserves a second look before you sign a contract or enter into litigation over a contract that has one in it. Landlords, tenants, and any…

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Death and Taxes to Persist, But Less Expensively

Next year the cost of dying in Maryland will drop, and keep dropping, for people with Maryland estates of more than $1 million. After years of resisting the trend among states, the Maryland legislature acted in this most recent session to reduce local estate taxes gradually over the next five years until the state exemption…

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